Eagles TC Day 14: Elliott Struggles Indoors
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - On Christian Hackenberg Day at Eagles camp the story turned out to be Jake Elliott, the second-year Eagles kicker who had been virtually perfect through the first 13 practices of the summer.
Pushed indoors for the first time in camp, Elliott missed four field goals on Monday and when Doug Pederson was trying the end the session on the patented high note, Elliott misfired from 48 yards out, wide left. Attempt No. 2 was wide right as Elliott tried to overcompensate and pushed it. The third time was the charm as Elliott connected and the whistle blew.
Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com had been tracking Elliott's attempts throughout camp and had University of Memphis product at 32-for-32 entering today's session.
"Jake has been great the entire summer," Cameron Johnston, the team's punter and Elliott's holder told 973espn.com after practice. "I'm not sure it was that [the change in environment]. We will have to watch the film."
On at least two of the misses, the battery wasn't perfect with Johnston failing to put down one hold as cleanly as possible and long snapper Rick Lovato putting back a less-the-perfect snap on another occasion.
After 32-for-32, however, it's hardly time to worry about Elliott, who burst on the scene last season by kicking a game-winning 61-yard field goal against the New York Giants in Week 3.
Hackenberg, who was wearing No. 8 after being signed on Sunday, dipped his toes in the water by working in individual drills but did not take part in any team work, which continued to be Nick Foles, followed by Nate Sudfeld and Joe Callahan.
It's status quo for Carson Wentz -- individual work and some 7-on-7 -- until he's cleared for contact.
"Really excited," Hackenberg said of arriving in Philadelphia to play for Doug Pederson and his staff. "It’s been impressive what they’ve done since they’ve been here. Their tutelage has shown on the field. Carson has played really well. Nick played incredible. It just goes down the line with that. I’m really excited about the opportunity. I think these guys are awesome. I’ve only been here for a couple of hours, but it’s been awesome, a really receptive [quarterback] room."
DAY 14 NEWS AND NOTES:
-With Hackenberg joining the team neither Sudfeld or Joe Callahan responded all that well with Sudfeld throwing at least three picks, including one that was eerily reminiscent of his first INT against Pittsburgh when he read man-to-man coverage. This time Sidney Jones dropped off his zone to create the turnover.
Callahan, meanwhile, just doesn't have an NFL arm and was picked by undrafted rookie Chandon Sullivan on a simple out route.
-Jalen Mills victimized Wentz in 7-on-7 red zone work undercutting a pass intended for Mike Wallace. Mills was so excited he punted the ball as a celebration, hitting the top of the NovaCare practice bubble.
-Foles also gave one away in the red zone when De'Vante Bausby got his hand on a pass and Tre Sullivan finished the tip drill.
-For the second consecutive day rookie Avonte Maddox was the first-team nickel back with Jones working with the twos and Bausby staying on the outside as Mills' backup. Bausby, though, told 973espn.com that he's scheduled to get some work in the slot against New England on Thursday.
-Dallas Goedert was back at practice after missing just one day with an elbow injury that sent the Delaware Valley into a panic.
"It's amazing," Goedert joked when talking about all the rumors swirling around his status. "My arm got ripped iff but I grew a new one."
-Running back Josh Adams limped off with what looked like an ankle injury, a tough break for the former Notre Dame star who has been on quite a run of stacking good practices together. Both Corey Clement and Donnel Pumphrey remained sidelined with lower-body injuries.
-At receiver Nelson Agholor, Markus Wheaton and Mack Hollins remained out and veteran Kamar Aiken has used the extra work with the first team to his advantage. At 6-2, 216, Aiken is the largest receiver the Eagles have after Alshon Jeffery, who remains on the PUP list.
-Jordan Mailata showed off his athleticism on one run, pulling out into the open field. Seeing the 6-foot-8, 350-pound Mailata in space must be a cornerback's worst nightmare.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen